While people all over the country and even the world are protesting police brutality and honoring the memory of George Floyd, Chicago found a unique way to show that black lives matter.
Eighteen people were killed Sunday, May 31, making it the single most violent day in Chicago in six decades, according to the University of Chicago Crime Lab. The lab’s data doesn’t go back further than 1961.
From 7 p.m. Friday, May 29, through 11 p.m. Sunday, May 31, 25 people were killed in the city, with another 85 wounded by gunfire, according to data maintained by the Chicago Sun-Times.
“No one is going to outdo Chicago in memorializing George Floyd,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said. “This is important to our people and so we’re making it clear the only way we know how. Flowers are probably more expensive than bullets these days anyway.”
Crime analyst Nancy Drew said that this is a surefire way to reduce the potential of police killing unarmed blacks.
“You see, the more unarmed blacks that are gunned down in the street, the fewer there will be for psychopathic cops to asphyxiate with a knee on a neck for 10 minutes,” Drew said.